Dan Whitehead, Fareham Community Church and Philip Raw, Eastleigh New Community were hosted by Basil and Cathy D’Sousa on arrival in Mumbai. They joined Basil D’Souza and Jairaj D’Sousa flying out to Ambala in Haryana state, North India to join Pastor Prakash Masih’s Jordan Bible Training School for the 6th SOM for bible school students, leaders and pastors of the area.

70 students who attend the bible school for 4 months and get up at 5.00am every day to study, learn, pray and do the daily chores, were joined by 51 pastors and leaders gathered from all over north India. We taught over three days on the ‘Kingdom of God’. The hunger to hear and receive the word of God was clear to see and teaching was well received. It was a privilege to serve these eager brothers and sisters. The Spirit of God was clearly active in the bible school and the worship vibrant.

The second school (23rd ”“ 26th) was in Udaipur, Rajasthan. This time Basil, Phil & Dan were joined by Xavier D Souza who leads one of the congregations of CBC in Vasai, another suburb of Mumbai. This school was attended by 78 Pastors, leaders and Ladies of the churches from rural locations gathered together by pastor Manohar. Some of these folk travel for a day and a night to reach Udaipur for these schools by bus, motorbike and by foot. These are faithful servants who have very little and receive little instruction and teaching but give all for Jesus. It was our privilege to share with them the teaching on the ‘Kingdom of God’. The school took some time to warm up as the teachers adapted their style to include more storytelling to get across the quite deep biblical concepts of the Kingdom of God. Dan and Phil were also able to speak at two evening meetings hosted by the church in Udaipur and saw a good response to calls for prayer.

Back in Thane, Phil and Dan were struck by the smiles on the faces of the children from the Jeevan Asha Day Care Center who were met on the Friday. This school is run for the slum kids.

We continue to be encouraged by the hunger for the word of God among these people and count it a real privilege to serve them.
Location: Ambala and Udaipur
Date: 16th - 28th November
Subjects: Kingdom of God
Teachers: Basil D'Souza, Dan Whitehead and Philip Raw.